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Resolving archaeological populations with Sr-isotope mixing models

Montgomery, J.; Evans, J.A.; Cooper, R.E.

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J.A. Evans

R.E. Cooper


Strontium isotope analysis of tooth enamel is a useful provenancing technique to investigate the childhood origins and residential mobility of ancient people. However, where different geographical target regions have similar biosphere 87Sr/86Sr it is often difficult to resolve the 87Sr/86Sr ranges of two different groups of people and establish what constitutes the local range at each site. Here a multi-period study is presented from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland and an investigation of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age populations from the Yorkshire Wolds, NE England. The aim is to demonstrate that, despite complex human dietary strategies, simple mixing systems with only two end-members do occur in archaeological human populations in certain geological provinces and, despite overlapping 87Sr/86Sr ranges, it is possible to separate two populations based on the structure within the data set.


Montgomery, J., Evans, J., & Cooper, R. (2007). Resolving archaeological populations with Sr-isotope mixing models. Applied Geochemistry, 22(7), 1502-1514.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2007
Deposit Date Jul 13, 2011
Publicly Available Date Dec 17, 2013
Journal Applied Geochemistry
Print ISSN 0883-2927
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 7
Pages 1502-1514
Keywords Biologically available strontium, Bavarian skeletal remains, SR-87/SR-86 ratios, Weathering rates, Tooth enamel, Human teeth, Bone, Lead, Migration, Mobility.


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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied geochemistry. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Applied geochemistry, 22 (7), 2007, 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2007.02.009

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